Mexican Football Federation
|Founded||August 23, 1927|
|Headquarters||Colima 373, Colonia Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico|
The Mexican Federation of Football (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C., FMF or Femexfut) is the governing body of association football in Mexico. It administers the Mexican national team, the Mexican league and all affiliated amateur sectors, and is in charge of promoting, organizing, directing, spreading, and supervising competitive football in Mexico. The current president, Justino Compeán, has served since 2006.
Headquartered in Mexico City, the Mexican Football Federation has three operational centers: the Central Office, the High Performance Center (Centro de Alto Rendimiento, CAR) and the Training Center (Centro de Capacitación, CECAP).
The Federation is a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), therefore must comply with the statutes, objectives and ideals of world football's governing body.
See also: Football in Mexico
The Mexican Federation of Football was established on August 23, 1927 under its first president Humberto Garza Ramos. In 1929 it became affiliated with the FIFA, and later became affiliated with CONCACAF in 1961.
The Mexican Football Federation's governing body is the General Assembly that conforms with the participation of the Primera Division with 55% of the votes; Liga De Ascenso with 5%; Segunda División, with 18%; Tercera División, with 13%, and the Amateur sector, with 9%. Its executive and administrative body is the National Council, which comprises five members, one from each of the divisions mentioned, and are elected every four years.
Stance on multi-team ownership
The issue of multi-team ownership has been a highly debated one within the owners of the professional football clubs and the Femexfut. Out of Mexico’s 33 clubs in the top two divisions, seven ownership groups control almost half the teams. Group Televisa (Club América, Necaxa), Grupo Salinas (Atlas, Morelia), Oceanografia (Queretaro, Delfines), the Lopez Chargoy brothers (Puebla, Chiapas) the Cruz Azul cement company (Cruz Azul, Cruz Azul Hidalgo), Grupo Caliente (Club Tijuana, Dorados de Sinaloa) and Grupo Pachuca-Grupo Carso (León, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos) wield much influence. Most of the owners that have more than one team have them split between the first and second divisions and are in place partly to promote player development.
In May 2013, the owners of the 18 Liga MX clubs voted in favor of a proposal to ban one person or company from owning more than one team. The proposal was introduced after Carlos Slim, whose telecommunications company América Móvil owns a 30% stake in Grupo Pachuca, was rumored to want to acquire Guadalajara (a move he ultimately ruled out). The ruling will not require club owners to sell one of their current Liga MX teams, but will prevent them from acquiring any more.
The issue was once again prevalent in November 2013 when TV Azteca, owner of Monarcas Morelia, paid out 124 shareholders of Club Atlas US$50 million to acquire the club which for years had been struggling financially.
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